Congress rules out Rahul, Priyanka as UP CM candidate

Lucknow: The Congress on Tuesday virtually ruled out the possibility of either party vice-president Rahul Gandhi or his sister Priyanka Gandhi being projected as chief ministerial candidate for the 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. Party general secretary in-charge of the state, Madhusudan Mistry said he had no idea of any such thing taking place now or in future. "I have no such information of either such demands or such discussions of their (Rahul and Priyanka) being given any such responsibility," he told reporters here. Stressing that he had neither heard of any discussions, nor any such demands being made for the Gandhi siblings being made the face of the UP campaign, Mistry also said that the party will not have a pre-poll tie-up. He also refused to give any conclusive answer to pointed queries of whether the party will ally with the Janata Dal-United. "There are still many months for the state assembly polls and it would be premature to say anything as of now," he said.